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Why SEER Matters When Upgrading Air Conditioning Systems

With temperatures rising here in North Carolina, you may be thinking about upgrading air conditioning systems. Before you make your decision, you need to understand how a system’s SEER works.

The SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) assigned to air conditioning systems tells you how adequately they can keep your home cool. The higher the SEER is, the better it will be able to produce cold air. The Department of Energy mandates that any new air conditioning systems must have a SEER of 13 or higher.

Often, the best air conditioners on the market have a SEER somewhere in the range of 16-23. The Energy Star program states that air conditioning systems that fall in this range are, in fact, 14 percent more energy-efficient than ordinary units. By upgrading to a new high-efficiency air conditioner, you can lower the energy usage in your home by as much as 30-40 percent.

Air conditioning systems with a high SEER provide one of the best ways currently available to produce cool temperatures in your home during the hot summer months. While they are most likely more expensive than ordinary air conditioners, their efficiency in consuming energy will help you reduce your utility bills significantly. Just a few years after the purchase of a high-efficiency air conditioner, the money you will have saved through energy savings will go a long way toward making up the A/C system’s cost.

There are many reasons why you should consider an air conditioner with a high SEER. They can lower your utility bills and they can transform your living space into a very comfortable place. If you think that your home could use a new air conditioner, please contact the experts at Blanton’s Heating & A/C for further assistance. We’re always happy to help you keep cool and save money.